Tyler had always been an active, social child, but in March 2010, his parents sensed something was wrong. Tyler had become low-energy, he vomited on occasion, and he began to lose his balance. After several trips to the doctor and eventually the ER, a CT scan revealed a mass on Tyler’s brain, identified as a rare and aggressive tumor known as medulloblastoma.
Tyler underwent surgery at a local hospital to remove the tumor, but he still required additional treatment. His family turned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for his care. St. Jude is where doctors often send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers.
As soon as Tyler’s family walked through the doors of St. Jude, they knew they had made the right decision. Throughout Tyler’s treatment, “all of the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Jude cared for Tyler with so much kindness and love,” his mother said. At St. Jude, Tyler underwent six months of intravenous chemotherapy, followed by six months of oral chemotherapy at home.
Tyler responded well to treatment, and today he is cancer-free. He returns to St. Jude regularly for scans. Eight-year-old Tyler is back to his old self, full of energy and adventure. He loves Star Wars, Legos, video games and being a big brother.